Customer ProfileCobweb specialises in management and development of e-business projects. With a staff of just 15 people, the expertise and synergy of Cobweb’s multi-talented team have attracted more than 50 clients who have entrusted them with their consultancy, design, and development of web projects. Cobweb is the leading TYPO3 (Open Source CMS) integrator and PrestaShop (Open Source e-commerce) expert in Switzerland. In order to continue to provide innovative solutions to boost e-business development, they had to extend their application and provide additional hosting services.
In the wake of growing demand, Cobweb acknowledged the many benefits of deploying resources with CloudSigma, citing the flexible and easily manageable server configuration, which allows them to present Cobweb clients with a whole new range of service opportunities.
“We wanted to be as flexible as possible in terms of adding compute and storage resources. On top of that we needed a Swiss solution, because some of our clients wanted their data to be kept in Switzerland. That’s why we chose CloudSigma.”Roberto Presedo, CTO @ Cobweb
Cobweb’s primary infrastructure was based on a hosting solution that was specifically developed for websites. However, the growing customer base meant that customer needs increased proportionally, leaving Cobweb with no other alternative than to look for a new partner in order to retain larger web clients.
“In our industry, when a client needs more resources, this must not impact the performance of the other clients. This was hard to implement on a physical hardware, so we decided to move to a cloud solution.”
Cobweb’s CTO took charge of the crucial task of identifying the best cloud provider, which would satisfy all essential requirements of the web agency and its customers. After a meticulous decision process and a careful evaluation of our platform during a proof-of-concept period, he was convinced of CloudSigma’s strong potential for a successful collaboration and future contribution to the strategic development of Cobweb’s web services.
“We wanted to provide hosting services in order to have a total control on how the applications are working and the resources we must provide to the web applications.”
Roberto Presedo began his research by looking for reviews and feedback from cloud users online and eventually came across very positive assessments of CloudSigma’s services in terms of performance and flexibility. Another key benefit for him was the extended choice of cloud locations. Apart from the Swiss cloud requirement, they were also concerned about the level of internationalisation of the cloud provider, taking into account that Cobweb also needed to maintain services outside Switzerland.
“Finding a cloud solution in Switzerland is not easy, so our choice list was very short and after we read the comments on social media, we were pretty confident about the quality of your services.”
Based on this research the Cobweb team made a very confident and straightforward decision to migrate some of its paramount services to the cloud. Once they had their hands on the solution and tested its potential and usability, Cobweb was convinced they had made the right choice.
“What is very, very good is the effortless way to test your solution. It’s quite easy to have a new account and very quick to build, install and test a machine, which made my decision to use CloudSigma very straightforward.”Roberto Presedo, CTO @ Cobweb
Price was one of the main concerns of the web agency. Their customer base is built mainly on clients, with small-scale websites, which makes them particularly price sensitive. Since there are numerous cheap hosting solutions for small websites on the market, Cobweb had to find an affordable cloud provider.
“What I call flexibility is to be able to go to the platform and change the computing resources and the size of the disk in a minute. All that is very comfortable and well-executed at the price you offer.”
In the past Cobweb worked with another hosting provider in Geneva before moving to the cloud. Once Cobweb became a client of CloudSigma there was a noticeable difference in the performance and speed of the services.
“On a scale of 1 to 100 points, I would give 90 for a price-performance ratio. It is a high-performance service at a good price.”
In order to upscale resources with their previous provider, Cobweb had to sign a contract and wait up to four days for the change to be implemented. As soon as they started using the cloud, they found they could make adjustments within a couple of minutes via the WebApp. The talented team of CobWeb noticed immediate increase in efficiency once this new infrastructural solution was implemented.
“The moment we want new servers deployed at CloudSigma, we can have that in a very short time.I can delegate the configuration to any of my colleagues because the interface is pretty simple, easy, efficient and that’s clearly something that makes my life more comfortable.”Roberto Presedo, CTO @ Cobweb
Robert Presedo is indisputably positive about the future of the partnership between Cobweb and CloudSigma. He has given us some insights into the possibility of larger deployments to come, brought on by the expected growth in Cobweb’s customer base as current clients remain very satisfied with the service enhancement and flexibility gained through the platform. Increasing resources for specific needs and for a short period of time is exactly what most of Cobweb’s e-commerce customers require for a profitable business and promising future.
“This is something that is very clear and valuable for our customers because they don’t want to have a big server all the time all the year. With that degree of flexibility and price-performance ratio, it’s easier also for us to grow and be successful.”
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